Here at Parrock Dental we can offer the most up to date technologies and treatments to our patients. If you are suffering with missing teeth, or have to wear a denture that does not fit well, is uncomfortable or affects your ability to eat then it may be worth you reading on to find out about Dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughness on the implant surface.
Why would I need an Implant?
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it look unsightly but the teeth either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and, in some cases, gum disease. Whilst partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, implants are usually a much better option since dentures can hasten the loss of remaining natural teeth.
Is fitting an implant comfortable?
As with all dental care, modern techniques are quite comfortable. The initial part of fitting an implant requires surgery to insert the root. This is usually performed with a local anaesthetic but you have sedation if preferred. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness or swelling following the procedure
Are implants safe and how often will I need to replace my implants?
Implants are tried and tested, they have been used for a long time and are considered very safe. Nine out of ten modern implants will last for at least 15 years.
Will I be able to remove my implants?
Only a dentist can remove implanted teeth unless supported by bars or magnets.
Can everyone have an implant?
Your dentist will examine and take x-rays of the area to be treated, which will indicate whether implant treatment is the best option. Sometimes you may need a bone graft or a procedure called a sinus-lift if the implant needs additional support.
How can dentures improve implants?
Full dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. You will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid covering the palate with a plate. This improves the enjoyment and taste of food.
How do I care for my implants?
Oral hygiene for implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. An implant can last many years provided it is properly looked after. The dentist or hygienist will show you the most effective home care solutions.
Are implants expensive?
Whilst implantology is not the cheapest form of treatment, the improvement in quality of life it offers can be dramatic. Many patients report being more confident and eating more comfortably after they have had implants fitted.
If you are interested in finding out more information on Dental Implants, or any other treatments that we offer at Parrock Dental then do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01474 537 191 and our reception team will be happy to help you.